The stage is set for a historic clash as the Gujarat Titans (GT) and the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) gear up for the final showdown in the IPL 2023. With the GT defending their title and CSK eyeing their fifth championship, this match promises to be an intense battle that could rewrite history.
CSK won the toss
CSK captain MS Dhoni won the toss and made the bold decision to bowl first, aiming to capitalize on his team’s renowned bowling strength. However, the statistics loomed large as teams chasing in odd years had consistently suffered defeat in previous IPL finals.
“We’ll bowl first with the rain forecast being around. Yesterday we were in the dressing room. As a cricketer you always want to play. It was the crowd that suffered the most. Hopefully we can entertain them. Pitch has been under cover for a long time, but throughout the tournament the pitch has behaved well over here. Quite happy it will be a 20-over game we’ll be playing. Serves justice to the tournament like this. Same team.”, CSK skipper said after winning the game.
Odd stacked against CSK
As the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) prepare for the IPL 2023 final, they find themselves facing not only the Gujarat Titans (GT) but also a long-standing statistical trend. History has shown that teams chasing in odd years have often found themselves on the losing side in previous IPL finals. This ominous pattern adds an additional layer of challenge for CSK, intensifying the uphill battle they face in their pursuit of the title.
Yet, undeterred by the odds stacked against them, the CSK team remains resolve in their determination to defy history and etch their name in the annals of IPL as the team that shattered the odd-year curse. With the weight of these odds on their shoulders , CSK will enter the final with a fire in their hearts, ready to script a glorious chapter that could redefine the trajectory of odd-year finals in the future.
A special game for Dhoni
This final holds a special place for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and their ardent fans. Speculation looms over the possibility that this game, in particular, could mark the end of an era for CSK’s iconic captain, MS Dhoni, donning the yellow jersey With whispers of retirement surrounding the cricketing legend, the CSK team members would be motivated to give their leader a fitting farewell, aiming to add an extra layer of emotion and determination to their pursuit of the coveted IPL trophy.
The atmosphere in the CSK camp is charged with an overwhelming desire to send Dhoni off with a memorable victory, ensuring that this match becomes etched in history as a befitting tribute to the man who has led the team with unparalleled grace and success.